06/26/13 9:57 am EST
We are roughly 36 hours from the 2013 NBA Draft in which the 76ers hold the 11th pick. Even at this late stage, there seems to be no consensus among the NBA Mock Draft “experts” on which prospect the Sixers will select near the end of the Lottery.
As you slide down the Draft Board to the Sixers it seems that most “experts” feel Sam Hinkie will take a “big” at number eleven. However, depending on which ‘expert” opinion you are reading that “big” could be a power forward, or a center or even another ‘tweener (please God, not another ‘tweener).
Once again, we searched the world wide web and gathered up a host of “expert” opinions on what to expect from the Sixers on Draft Night 2013. While we did find a lead candidate, we think you’ll surprised at the lack of agreement among the “experts” as to who will be the prospect selected by Philadunkia’s home team.
Chris Mannix of SI.com: Steve Adams (C – Pitt) — Picking Adams will do Philadelphia no good next season. Everyone knows Adams is a project, one who will be best served spending all of next season in the D-League getting used to the speed of an NBA game. But his workouts have general managers drooling. “If he were as good as the sum of his parts, he would be in the mix for No. 1,” an Eastern Conference executive said. Philadelphia needs a big man and new general manager Sam Hinkie, a disciple of Houston’s Daryl Morey who has no ties to the previous regime — and therefore no responsibility to make the team a contender next season — could make a play for a high-risk/higher-reward big man.
Jonathan Giovany of draftexpress.com: Cody Zeller (C – Indiana) — Cody Zeller can play both big man spots, is capable of spacing the floor alongside Philadelphia’s non-shooters, and could have real value at this stage of the draft. The Sixers have reportedly locked into him in a major way, even if they continue to look at other options. He reportedly has suitors much higher up the draft board as well.
Ed Isaacson of rotoworld.com: Steve Adams (C – Pitt) — Adams certainly didn’t live up to his hype last season, but you can see the physical tools that may have led some people to do that. He is still pretty much a clean slate as far as being a basketball player, so Philadelphia should have a chance to mold them in to the type of big man they need.
nbadraft.net: Lucas Nogueira (C- Brazil) — A project, but one with loads of untapped potential. His game has made some noticeable strides over the past 6 months. A high level athlete even by NBA standards with ridiculous size/length at 7′ feet, with a 7’6 wingspan. His combination of length and fluidity/athleticism makes him an extremely intriguing prospect. He even shows some touch around the basket and a decent offensive feel. He’s best at scoring on garbage baskets and can get out on the break and finish … Solid rebounder… Solid hands…A 60% free throw shooter, which is not great but good for his age and position and should improve…Nogueira must become more intense defensively.
Gary Parrish of cbssports.com: Kelly Olynyk (PF/C – Gonzaga) — With Andrew Bynum’s future (and health) in doubt, the Sixers should go big. Olynyk is a skilled forward who should be able to contribute immediately.
Sam Amico of foxsports.com: Steve Adams (C – Pitt) — Clogs the lane, sets picks and rebounds. Underrated offensively, too.
Hoopsworld.com: (4 “expert” opinions)
- Joel Brigham: Steve Adams
- Yannis Koutroupis: Kelly Olynyk
- Steve Kyler: Kelly Olynyk
- Alex Kenndy: Cody Zeller